Wednesday, September 07, 2005

More events

A large number of events have been added to the IrishLaw events page at

Some examples:

Wed.-Thu. 21-22 Sep.'05: Criminal Justice Research, North and South - QUB, Belfast
Thu.22 Sep.'05: Special Areas of Conservation and Natural Heritage Sites - TCD Law School, Dublin
Wed.28 Sep.'05: Estates and Trusts: Recurring Tax Issues - Dublin
Fri.30 Sep.'05: Why Lawyers and Economists Should be Friends - Joint Irish Society for European Law / Competition Authority Conference - Dublin
Tue.4 Oct.'05: Discrimination in Goods And Services: Implications of the Equal Status Acts 2000-2004 - Law Society, Dublin
Wed.5 Oct.'05: The Cultural Roots of American Over-Incarceration in the 1980's and 1990's - UCD Institute of Criminology, Dublin
Thu.6 Oct.'05: Public Interest Law in Ireland - FLAC Seminar - Dublin
Wed.12 Oct.'05: Women’s Imprisonment in Northern Ireland: Reflections & Futures - Belfast
Sat.15 Oct.'05: Migrant Workers and Human Rights Law (Irish Human Rights Commission conference) - Dublin
Sat.15 Oct.'05: Freedom of Information Conference - TCD Law School, Dublin
Thu.20 Oct.'05: Teaching, Learning, Living Human Rights - Dublin Castle
Tue.-Wed. 15-16 Nov.'05: The Ongoing Development of a Genuine Single Market for Financial Services: The European Banking “Passport”, Pensions, Tax Harmonisation and Money Laundering - Academy of European Law conference, Dublin
Thu.17 Nov.'05: Can Human Rights Survive? The Crisis of Scarce Resources - Hamlyn Lecture by Professor Conor Gearty, QUB Law School, Belfast
Fri.2 Dec.'05: Guardianship: A New Structure for Vulnerable Adults - Law Reform Commission Annual Conference 2005 - Dublin
Thu. 8 Dec.'05: Data Protection in Ireland - Dublin
Fri. 9 Dec.'05: Freedom of Information in Ireland - Dublin
Fri.-Sat. 9-10 Dec.'05: International Conference on Economic Social and Cultural Rights - Dublin

Update to Guide to Irish Law

I have updated the Guide to Irish Law and the new version is available on New York University law library's website at

Friday, May 20, 2005

Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction

Tánaiste welcomes publication of the report of the Commission on AssistedHuman Reproduction12 May 2005

The Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD, has beenpresented with the report of the Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction, which was established in March 2000. The Government has referred the report to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children for consideration and has authorised its publication by the Commission. The Tánaiste in welcoming the report said: 'The issues examined by theCommission are clearly difficult and emotive for many people. Some of the issues it examined go to the core of our concepts of human dignity and personhood; however, the Commission approached its work from the standpoint that AHR is a positive development in reproductive medicine; it offers the possibility of parenthood to involuntarily infertile people. I am pleased that the best interests of the child born though AHR were fundamental in theCommission's priorities throughout its deliberations.' The Tánaiste added: 'It is not satisfactory that there is no statuary regulation in the area of assisted reproduction, but in advance of theGovernment framing such regulation, the Commission's report needs to be subjected to public and political consideration. Therefore to allow for this in the first instance the Government have referred the report to theOireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children to consider therecommendations of the Commission."
The Tánaiste paid tribute to the hard work and commitment of the Chairperson and members of the Commission in examining this difficult and controversial area. 'The Chairperson, Professor Dervilla Donnelly, Commission members and all those who participated in its work have given their invaluable expertise and time to produce this comprehensive report. I thank them for their dedication to the Commission's work.'

Full report:

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Events added to events page

A number of new events have been added to the events page at

Some examples:

Wed.-Thu. 6-7 Apr.'05: Annual Conference of British and Irish Law,
Education and Technology Association (BILETA) - Belfast

Thu.7 Apr.'05: State Aids and Taxation - Current Issues - Dublin

Sat.9 Apr.'05: Litigation Against Primary Schools: Strategies to Reduce the
Risk of Liability - TCD, Dublin

Thu.14 Apr.'05: Law and the Environment: A Conference for Environmental
Professionals - Faculty of Law, University College Cork

Mon.25-Wed.27 Apr.'05: Irish Data Protection Conferences - IIR Conferences
- Gresham Hotel, Dublin

Tue.26 Apr.'05: Refugee Law in the age of Globalisation - TCD, Dublin

Tue. 26 Apr.'05: Engendering Citizenship Debates: Migrant Women and
Reproduction in Ireland - QUB, Belfast

Fri.29 Apr.-Mon. 2 May'05: Burren Law School 2005 - Education -Empowerment
and the Law - A Contemporary & Brehon Perspective

For a full listing, see

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

LRC Consultation Papers on Trusts

The Law Reform Commission publishes two consultation papers on Wednesday
16th of February, a Consultation Paper on Trust Law - General Proposals
and a Consultation Paper on Charitable Trust Law - General Proposals. The
Consultation Paper on Trust Law - General Proposals will be launched by
the Honourable Mr Justice Brian McCracken of the Supreme Court. The Consultation
Paper on Charitable Trust Law - General Proposals will be launched by Mr
Noel Ahern TD, Minister of State at the Department of Community, Rural and
Gaeltacht Affairs with responsibility for the charities sector.
Full text of papers:

The Commission would be particularly interested to hear from any persons
or organisations with views on the reforms proposed in respect of either
trust law or charitable trust law. The closing date for submissions for
the Consultation Paper on Charitable Trust Law is 15th April 2005 , while
the closing date for submissions on the Consultation Paper on General Trust
Law is 29th April 2005 .

Friday, January 07, 2005

BAILII citations and hyperlinks to Sup Ct cases

A message from John Mee of UCC Law Department:

Dear all

In a previous email I mentioned that the Courts Service had agreed to adopt the BAILII ( convention for vendor neutral citations of Irish cases and BAILII had agreed to renumber its Supreme Court cases for the years 2001 to 2004 (older cases are not affected). This renumbering has now been done and will require adjustments to be made by anyone who has set up hyperlinks to Supreme Court cases in the relevant years. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. It is BAILII's policy to keep the web addresses of cases fixed - it is only when a court comes around to adopting vendor neutral citations that a once-off adjustment is necessary.

You can find the new url for a Sup Ct case by using the search facility we have set up at
Alternatively, you can find the new url on BAILII itself, by going to and finding the case alphabetically or by date.
The web address for each case is based on the IESC citation. For example, McG v F [2001] IESC 2 is at The web addresses for all Sup Ct cases follow this pattern, ie followed by the year of the citation followed by the number followed by ".html".
(Note that in a few instances BAILII has Sup Ct cases not on the Courts Service site. Such cases do not yet have an official vendor neutral citation and we have given them a number in a separate sequence beginning with 200 to indicate that the numbers are unofficial).

Yours sincerely

John Mee
Law Dept UCC